GOC consults on whistleblowing guidance

Optometrists are invited to have their say on new draft guidance that aims to support registrants to speak up about patient and public safety concerns

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The General Optical Council (GOC) is inviting feedback on draft Speaking Up guidance for registrants.

The consultation, which closes on 10 March, seeks views from optical professionals on guidance that aims to support registrants to speak up about concerns – particularly those relating to patient and public safety.

Speaking Up was developed following recent healthcare inquiries that revealed staff concerns were not appropriately actioned, such as the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

GOC acting director of strategy, Marcus Dye, highlighted that registrants have a duty to speak up about concerns if they feel that patients or the public may be at risk.

“We know this can be a difficult thing for individuals to do, and even more so if businesses are unaware of their responsibility to make the process simple and to act on concerns raised,” he said.

The guidance is split into separate sections for individuals and businesses.

“Whether you’re an individual or a business, we encourage all registrants to read both parts,” Mr Dye added.

Optical professionals can respond to the consultation online through the GOC Consultation Hub.

The consultation follows the recent launch of the GOC’s learning bulletin for registrants on the fitness to practise process, FtP Focus.